Dick Cheney Calls Snowden a ‘Traitor,’ Defends NSA

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney called Edward Snowden a traitor for leaking top-secret documents from the National Security Agency, in an interview that aired Monday afternoon on CNN.

Cheney added that he hopes the U.S. is eventually able to catch Snowden who was granted a one-year asylum in Russia in August, and hopes he receives  “the justice he deserves.”

Cheney said Snowden’s leaks, which most recently revealed that the National Security Agency monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders, have hurt America’s ability to defend itself. The former second-in-command would not comment on whether or not that the surveillance began in 2002, as the documents indicated.

“The fact is, we do collect a lot of intelligence, without speaking about any particular target or group of targets,” Cheney told CNN”s Jake Tapper. “That intelligence capability is enormously important to the United States, to our conduct of foreign policy, to the defense matters, to economic matters.  And, I’m a strong supporter of it.”

The same day Cheney came out against Snowden, Wikileaks set up a “Free Snowden,” a website designed to collect money to defend the former NSA contractor whose asylum ends in August 2014.

[CNN]

18 comments
relcontrario
relcontrario

Cheney swore on numerous occaisions to "defend and uphold" the US constitution but instead here he calls Snowden a "traitor" for revealing that the NSA and the US government is trampling that document.

I would advise Mr. Cheney to read the US Constitution, specifically the Fourth Amendment where it says: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated..."

Reading and recording and creating millions of files of peoples emails, text messages, listening to and recording their phone conversations, following and recording their movements (via cell phone GPS), recording their private conversations at their homes or offices (again via micro in cell phones and computers), etc is clearly not in conformity with the US Constitution.

That is what Snowden revealed.  If that is treason then all our Founder Fathers were traitors.


warajisan
warajisan

Does anybody care what grumpy Cheney has to say?  War profiteer and grump.  Who needs that for Vice president ?  We didn't ! He made Halliburton lots on money.  People like him need to be kept VERY far away from government.  Such a shame in Iraq.     

jwperry
jwperry

So satan himself disapproves. It must have been a good thing he (snowden) did.

jlgottfred
jlgottfred

Cheney is the reason I switched from Republican to Independent.  He has done more to limit the freedoms of Americans than any foreign threat in our country's history. I hope Snowden has a few secrets about him to release.

m.p.williams
m.p.williams

In a recent piece published by The Atlantic, Conor Friedersdorf reflects on 'Breaking Bad' as an allegory for the moral hazard of America's post-9/11 homeland security ethos.


http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/10/breaking-bad-america-has-used-walter-white-logic-since-9-11/281029

Paraphrasing a line from Walter White's wife, Skylar, Friedersdorf observes, "this country needs someone to protect us from the people who are protecting this country." With great courage and at great personal expense, Edward Snowden has become such a person. He is a hero and a patriot, which is a good deal more than can be said for Mr. Cheney.

MarkusVirba
MarkusVirba

People of the world unite and protect the humanity against agencies that are to big to fail.   Whom would ever thought that the regime people fled from will provide a safe heaven to those only 20 years later.

dega
dega

People who complain about Edward Snowden taking refuge in a country with a more oppressive government are missing the point entirely; maybe even intentionally.  For years the U.S. government has put itself on a pedestal and acted as if it holds the moral high ground when it comes to the rights of it's citizens.  Edward Snowden shattered that by revealing how full of crap they were.  Does Russia have a worse human rights record than the U.S.?  Absolutely.  Does that give the U.S. the right to crap all over the 4th amendment and become a surveillance state?  NO!  Edward Snowden didn't defect to Russia and announce to the world that they are better than the U.S., he simply ended up there because he had no other choice.  I am a U.S. citizen and I am ticked at our government not just because they are violating our constitutional rights, but because they have embarrassed us on the world stage by making us look like a bunch of hypocrites.

betherzilla
betherzilla

The NSA needs to be more cautious about issuing security clearances and who gets to see what.  

BTW, not that I'm crazy about the idea that everything I do may be monitored, but I I'd hate to think it isn't happening because they are incapable, LOL.  

politfor
politfor

I am originally from Russia. I don't understand why many Americans consider that Snowden is hero. If he is human right activist, why he went to Russia?
Russia is dictatorship where human rights violated every day.
For example, Russia spying on the on the russians on the legal basis.
According russian law, russian secret services are not needed any court order for listening phone conversation or reading email of any person.
Phone and internet companies MUST provide unlimited access to their resources to secret services.
No doubt that secret services of the Russia, China, etc. are spying on the Americans too. But right now they know how American secret services spying for them, but american secret services don't know how the Russians, Chinese atc. spying on the Americans. Thanks to Snowden.
Every country has its own secret services. Every country is spying on each other. But right now all the world knows how USA doing it. Snowden is traitor on the 100%.

warajisan
warajisan

I don't care what Cheney thinks.  Does anybody?

dectra
dectra

Who CARES what that grouchy old War Criminal thinks?


Die already.....

dsmond039
dsmond039

By his words US knew all along that they are the hacking villain not any other country.

endthedrugwar
endthedrugwar

No one cares what a war profiteer like you thinks Cheney. Do us all a favor and hurry up and die.

waywuwei
waywuwei

Why does Time give this traitor any page space? He is a war criminal and the only reason he is not in jail is because the current administration is protecting him. He was the architect of US torture. He belongs in jail just like the Nazis who tortured and killed innocent civilians.

JustinFlontek
JustinFlontek

Cheney is too chicken to come to Canada. Who cares what he thinks?

relcontrario
relcontrario

@dega Amen!  The US government forced Snowden to stay in Russia by impeding his transit to a neutral state like Uruguay or Peru.  The US even forced down the airplane of the president of Peru on a return trip from Russia, thinking that Snowden was aboard the plane!  France, Austria and other European countries actually aided the US is this illegal endeavor by refusing at the last moment, overflight permission to the Peruvian plane.  This happened recently, little noted in the US press, but widely reported in Europe.

relcontrario
relcontrario

@politfor Snowden was forced to go to Russia by the US.  See my comment to @dega

The US is different from Russia.  We have a constitution that forbids the kinds of spying on US citizens or "persons"  that is now being done by our government.  Russia has no such rules or tradition of liberty, unfortunately.

Also, we are not talking here about spying on other governments.  Of course everyone does that.  But the US is now creating files on every important person in every country.  Into these millions of files the US is placing any and all information which may be useful later to manipulate, blackmail or extort political and business leaders around the world.

All of that activity is not only immoral, but illegal under US laws and the Constitution.